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Adah Almutairi

Co-Director
Associate Professor
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Department of NanoEngineering
Materials Science and Engineering
University of California, San Diego

Adah Almutairi is an Associate Professor in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Department of NanoEngineering. Prof. Almutairi has eight issued or pending patents, several of which have been licensed and one of which is being developed by the company she founded, eLux Medical. Her lab’s research has been recognized by Chemical & Engineering News and Materials Today, among other scientific media outlets, and her innovation has been acknowledged through Young Investigator Awards from ACS’s Division of Polymeric Materials (PMSE, 2014) and from the World Biomaterials Congress (2012). She completed her PhD in Materials Chemistry at UC Riverside and came to UC San Diego in 2008 from UC Berkeley, where she worked with Professor Jean Fréchet to develop several nanoprobes for in vivo imaging.

The Almutairi lab develops responsive polymers and polymer-based materials with sophisticated architectures to address a wide range of challenges in biological research and medicine. These materials fall apart upon exposure to the biochemistry of disease or externally controlled stimuli such as light, a highly creative strategy towards drug targeting that has also led to the development of disease-activated imaging agents.